The landmark exhibition “Black Refractions: Highlights from The Studio Museum in Harlem” is showing at Frye Museum in Seattle though August 15, 2021. The exhibit includes works in a variety of mediums by nearly eighty artists dating from the 1920s to the present, “Black Refractions” presents close to a century of creative achievements by artists of African descent and a plurality of narratives of Black artistic production.
The Studio Museum in Harlem has served as a nexus for artists of African descent locally, nationally, and internationally since its founding in 1968—a watershed year that saw the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy, major demonstrations against the Vietnam War, and Tommie Smith and John Carlos’s Black Power salute at the Summer Olympics. The Museum’s founders were a diverse group of artists, activists, and philanthropists, all committed to creating a working space for artists and a forum in which communities could view and interpret art in Harlem. At the same time, they sought to foreground the work of Black artists amid larger discussions of exclusionary practices in cultural institutions across the United States.
While admission remains free (as always) at the Frye Museum, a reserved timed ticket is required to help us maintain limited visitor capacity. More info: Black Refractions: Highlights from The Studio Museum in Harlem | Frye Art Museum (fryemuseum.org)
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